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“A nearly pitch-perfect middle school exploration of race and friendship.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Not Your All-American Girl

Written by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg
Published by Scholastic Inc.

Lauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together. So when they don’t have any classes together in sixth grade, it’s disastrous. The solution? Trying out for the school play. Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if maybe, just maybe, she will be the star instead of Tara this time.  But when the show is cast, Lauren lands in the ensemble, while Tara scores the lead role. Their teacher explains: Lauren just doesn’t look the part of the all-American girl. What audience would believe that she, half-Jewish, half-Chinese Lauren, was the everygirl star from Pleasant Valley, USA?From amidst the ensemble, Lauren tries to support her best friend. But when she can’t bring herself to sing anymore, her spot in the play and her friendship are in jeopardy. With the help of a button-making business, the music of Patsy Cline, and her two bickering grandmothers, can Lauren find her voice again?

Primary ISBN: 9781338037760

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Unknown Arrival

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